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Dark legs with partially webbed toes (much as Semipalmated Sandpiper), short thin dark bill, thinner at the tip with a kink that gives an impression of a downturned bill. Most birds have longer bills than Semipalmated Sandpiper but there is much overlap.
Winters in South America.
Tundra, wetlands and mudflats.
They nest in scrapes on the ground usually under some vegetation. The female selects one of several scrapes prepared by the male. The clutch consists of 4 eggs which are incubated by both adults. The female often leaves before the young have fully fledged.
The diet includes insects, small crustaceans and molluscs.
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